When will we play?
Still no real news on when we open the Dandenong Club, or we will be able to bowl. We can probably learn a bit from what is happening in regional Victoria, where roll-ups have recommenced, and there are limits on pubs of just ten people inside and 20 outside.
The NSW’s government made some announcements Thursday that reinforced that they will allow far more liberties for those doubled vaxed. If Victoria takes the same approach, we will need the means to identify who is and who isn’t vaccinated but suspect that is still coming. If you haven’t had a jab yet and intend to bowl, we suggest you discuss your position with your Doctor and make your decision on sound medical advice.
So while we wait, the bowls committee is taking the view that being nimble will, be a key to our early success and being prepared to make quick decisions to adjust to whatever decision comes our way. Should be an interesting start to the season. Bowls Victoria has released a pennant draw but suggests it’s likely to change to ensure we accommodate a 14 week season, Stay tuned!!
Championships Manager Anthony Lee is facing his fair share of frustration in putting together the singles championships. It remains most likely those entering will need to commit to playing the first round of matches on a Sunday and that subsequent rounds will have nominated play on or before days/nights. There will be less flexibility than other years, with Thursday evenings likely to be assigned to play most matches. Advice on how to enter will be available soon.
Facilities Manager Rob Wilson has plans for a clean up around the green for when we reopen. Thanks to Noel Carter, Phil Tiller, Marty Vandevlis, Tom Oakley, Graeme Anderson and Graeme Firth, who have already offered to join the team of Willow’s Workers.
The Tuesday and Saturday selectors have been meeting jointly to develop a collaborative, honest and communicative approach to selecting teams. Discussions included contributions from the coaches to ensure selection is aligned with what the coaches are trying to achieve in a development sense.
The end game for each side is to make the finals and to win premierships.
Having the top two teams in the same grade but different sections will provide some opportunities to play some players in different positions without requiring them to play a different grade. A similar situation will exist for the third and fourth teams, who both will play division four.
The selectors talked about being proactive with their communications with players and the importance of understanding what individuals hope to achieve during the season.
With the expectation that we will return to having a break during pennant play, Ian Souter has offered to introduce raffles for all home day pennant on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These will be the same as we confront when we visit most other clubs. They are good money spinners that help fund some of the costs associated with a pennant season. Our success in growing the club over the past three years has increased Bowls Victoria affiliation fees. They jumped from $5082 last year to over $12,127 this season, and these raffles will help to pick up those costs.